Everything You Need to Know About Bringing Your Dog to Disney Parks and Resorts
Want to bring your dog to Disneyland or Disney World? Good news! Disney now offers special accommodations and perks for pet owners — including a separate “theme park” for dogs (no. 7).
Curious to know more? From the dog-friendly hotels to stay at (no. 3) to the important documents you may need (no. 8), we share everything you’ve ever wanted to know about bringing your furry friend to the happiest place on Earth, ahead.
1. Service dogs are allowed in Disney Parks
Want to bring your dog to Disneyland or Disney World? Service dogs — such as, a seeing-eye dog — are the only furry friends allowed. You can bring a service dog into any park or resort, so long as the dog is on a leash and harness. Service animals are allowed to accompany their owners in line and can even ride some of the attractions, too (so long as it is not considered dangerous for the dog).
And, if your pooch needs to relieve themselves, they can do so in any area. Just be sure to warn a cast member so they can take care of any waste.
Next: If your dog is not a service pet, here’s how it can still enjoy Disneyland.
2. Disneyland has a special kennel
Need a place for your pooch to stay while you enjoy the happiest place on Earth? Disneyland Resort Kennel Club is exactly what you’re looking for. Located near the park’s main entrance, the Kennel Club is $20 per day and allows guests to enjoy the park without having to worry about their pet.
That said, unlike other Disney pet amenities (more on those later!), kennel staff is not responsible for feeding or walking your dog. And guests are advised to check in on their dogs every four hours to feed and/or take them on a walk.
Next: You can now stay overnight with your dog.
3. Stay at a dog-friendly hotel
Planning on bringing your dog to Walt Disney World? Be sure to book a stay at one of the parks’ pet-friendly resorts. While there’s an additional fee for pets — between $50-$75 per night — the pet accommodations are well worth it.
Here are Disney’s dog-friendly resorts:
- Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
- Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort
- Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
- Cabins at Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Resort
For those traveling to Disneyland, you’ll need to book a stay at a non-Disney hotel, since they currently don’t have any pet-friendly accommodations (aside from the Kennel Club).
Next: If you book a room at one of these hotels, be sure to request this perk.
4. You can request a Pluto’s Welcome Kit
If you book a stay at one of Disney’s pet-friendly resorts, you can request a Pluto’s Welcome Kit. The kit includes a pet ID tag, a mat, bowls, disposable doggie bags, puppy pads, dog walking maps, and a Pluto-theme “do not disturb,” sign so the resort staff knows you have a dog in your room.
Next: Disney has rules about the number of dogs in a resort.
5. There’s a maximum number of dogs you can bring
One thing to keep in mind: There’s a maximum number of dogs you can bring to Disney’s pet-friendly resorts. According to Disney’s website, you can bring up to two dogs per guest room. So, if you wish to bring more, you’ll have to reserve an extra room.
Next: Pet-friendly hotel amenities your pooch will definitely enjoy.
6. Pet walkways and green spaces
Need to let your dog out before calling it a night? Don’t worry, Disney has you covered with pet walkways and green spaces at all of their pet-friendly hotels. The best part? You won’t have to go far to reach one of these areas. All pet-friendly rooms are located near the walkways and green spaces.
Next: There’s a second Disney World … for dogs.
7. Best Friends Pet Care at Walt Disney World
Like Disneyland, Walt Disney World also has its own doggie daycare. Located just outside of the parks and resorts, Best Friends Pet Care is like Disney World for dogs.
At Best Friends Pet Care, your dog is in great hands. Not only are there 45 highly trained staff members, but your dog will have the time of its life in the facility’s 17,000 square foot air-conditioned area, 10,000 square feet of outdoor runs, and 25,000 square foot dog park.
Next: If you plan on dropping your dog off at daycare, you’ll need proof of this.
8. Your dog must be vaccinated (and over the age of four months)
Another important thing to keep in mind when bringing your dog to Disneyland Kennel Club and Best Friends Pet Care at Walt Disney World? You fur baby must be at least four months old and vaccinated. In order for your dog to stay at a Disney kennel or daycare, veterinary certificates for rabies, distemper and hepatitis are required.
Next: Before you skip the kennel and daycare services, read this.
9. There are no in-room services
One thing to keep in mind: Disney does not offer any in-room services for pets (though it would be hilarious if Mickey showed up to take your pooch for a walk). To avoid any accidents or neglect, plan ahead and book a spot at a Disney kennel or daycare.
Next: Don’t leave Disney without one of these!
10. Pet merchandise
A trip to Disneyland or Disney World is not complete without a fun souvenir. And, now, your furry best friend can enjoy a Disney-themed toy or accessory. From squeaky toys to harnesses and leashes, pet merchandise can be found at select Disneyland and Disney World stores.
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